Wow! I thought I was cheap...until I read some of the posts here. To get a fair representation of the "savings" we need to deduct the cost of band-aids from the savings on razors.The key to keeping your Shaver/Razor blade sharp, is to DRY it after each use.
It is the WETNESS that dulls the blade, not the use of it.
Your blade should last you twice as long.
And YES, that also includes those disposables.
Yeah, and it has bugged me since my early 20s.PS. Harold must have a pretty tough beard if he's only getting 3 shaves from a blade.
There are still a few manufacturers of conventional razors who make cheap blades, but they're getting harder to find and those are the blades that tend to cause cuts. My father used Wilkinson Sword razors and was forever cutting himself. This model is what I'm thinking of trying someday, but I'm worried about cuts.
I use an electric razor primarily for convenience, not cost savings. (I have a Braun 7000-series, which cleans & recharges itself when I put it on the base.)I'm not sure that the electric razors offer any real cost savings.
It's actually pretty expensive. I've had a beard for 33 years now (because without one I look like Kermit the Frog), and unless you go for the shaggy unkempt-untrimmed look you need to purchase a beard trimmer (I used scissors for quite a while, but it's really hard to trim your own beard that way and make it look even), plus you still need a razor of some sort to trim around the beard.I wonder what the cost of proper bearding is?
(did I just use beard as a verb?)
I've never replaced the blades on my electrics, but maybe the cleaning solution and proper care does prolong their lifeI'm not sure that the electric razors offer any real cost savings. In the past I've found that the blades NEED to be changed every 2 years or you're in for one hell of shave. If you assume that a new set of blades is around $50, this eats up a lot of the savings.
Cost of shaving electric = 25$ per year (new blades every 2nd year)
Cost of shaving with razor = $27-31 per year (blades = $11, 4 cans shaving cream = $16-20)
Philips does have self cleaning, but the new ones clean under the tap extremely easily compared to the old ones too. I only put it through the cleaner on recharge. I only recharge when the battery is dead to prolong the life of the batteryWhen the time comes to replace this razor, I'll probably go back to Philips, assuming that they have a self-cleaning model by that point. I prefer the comfort of 3 spinny circular blades (as opposed to the linear Braun blade), but I give the Braun high marks for the self-cleaning.
Just out of curiosity, how much a year are you spending on cleaning solution? How often do you run your razor through the cleaner, and do you ever have to clean it manually?I've never replaced the blades on my electrics, but maybe the cleaning solution and proper care does prolong their life
Just out of curiosity, how much a year are you spending on cleaning solution? How often do you run your razor through the cleaner, and do you ever have to clean it manually?
I've been reluctant to invest in one of the higher-end electrics because I'm afraid the solution is going to cost a fortune.
I own a mid-priced washable one, but I tend to let my stubble grow too long and not clean it often enough (approx once every 2 weeks), and I think this shortened the life of the blades. Started pulling after about a year...